MyClass2.0 Episode 1—Evernote
Welcome to the first installment of MyClass2.0 video podcast, my name is Mark Coleman. In
this In this series of videos, I will discuss how you can use cloud computing,
webservices and harness the power of the Internet to improve your work flow and make
your class a richer environment.
Cloud computing is the latest buzzword for using the Internet as a tool for the storage of
your own personal data. With high speed Internet connections available in more and more
homes, businesses and even the palm of our hands, we can tap into that power to allow us
to access our cloud stored data anywhere.
Today we are expected to keep up with a near overwhelming amount of information and
many times expected to have that data available at a moment's notice. The cloud based
application I use to keep up with this information is Evernote and can be found at
At it's most basic Evernote is a place for you to keep notes. You can create these notes
right on the web page, organize them into notebooks and further organize with tags. Your
notes are now searchable by keyword, so I can easily find notes about when I changed the
oil in the family cars by searching for “oil”. I could tag similar notes with the tag
"maintenance" and then one search could bring up the maintenance schedules for all of my
home appliances, vehicles and tools. You can share individual notebooks with other
Evernote users, allowing coworkers, team members and spouses to both have access to the
information they need.
Evernote also allows you to store pictures. If you want to remember exactly how your AV
system is hooked up before you move it across the room, you can take the picture with
your phone and then email it to a private address that Evernote creates.
But Evernote does something more with pictures. if your picture features writing, Evernote
will index that writing and make it keyword searchable just like a note. Depending on the
legibility of the writing and the steadiness of your camera hand, your mileage may vary on
how well it indexes the writing in your pictures.
Like images, PDFs can be stored in your Evernote account. I use this personally to store
manuals. Every time I get a new piece of equipment, I find the PDF of the manual online
and upload it to Evernote to keep all my information in the same place.
Evernote allows you to add data in a myriad of ways. There are Evernote apps for Windows,
Mac, and most mobile platforms, including iPhone and iPad, android, Palm WebOS,
Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Not only do the mobile versions allow you to add notes to
your Evernote account but they you access to all of your information where ever you have
your phone. There are several scanners that will scan directly to Evernote, helping you de-
clutter your desk but still keep track of important snail mail. Evernote can connect to your
twitter account and you can tweet information directly into Evernote. There are plugins
for Mozilla Firefox web browser that will allow you import a section or the entirety of a
web page into Evernote and the plugin for Mozilla Thunderbird email client will allow you
to send an entire email into Evernote. This is great for travel confirmations or registration
emails from websites. Finally the Evernote Web Clipper allows screenshots of your
computer to be added to Evernote.
There are many ways to use the power of Evernote as a student also. A student can enter
all of their class notes directly into Evernote, organizing the information by class and
tagging the information by topic. Photos of whiteboards can be added to supplement the
notes. As a student progresses through school, all of their notes are keyword searchable,
allowing easy review of previous information as the student progresses through higher level
Evernote is free for the basic account. This account allows a user to add 40 MB of data a
month to Evernote. Evernote premium is $45 a year and adds several features, including a
half terabyte of uploads a month and SSL encryption.
Evernote is making a profit. This means that the company has staying power and will not
disappear as soon as you become reliant on it. So go to evernote.com and give it a shot.
Thank you for watching this initial installment of the MyClass2.0 video series. If you have a
site to suggest, questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can call or text my Google Voice line at 334-595-9673. .